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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

The CHAIRMAN - I think that the motion is not in order. The Committee have already decided that the salary shall not be reduced by £i; and honorable members would stultify themselves if .a motion to reduce the salary by a larger amount were proposed and carried.

Mr Webster - Do I understand, Mr. Chairman, that you will not permit the motion to be submitted to the Committee ?

The CHAIRMAN - I have ruled that the motion is not in order.

Mr Webster - Then I shall have to move to disagree with your ruling, which, if upheld, will put us in the position of having our hands tied. This would be neither desirable nor creditable.

Mr Fisher - I think it is a very old ruling.

Mr Webster - If it is, then it is about time that an end was put to it. Surely there is a material difference between an amendment to reduce a proposed vote by £1, which may be submitted as a test question, and another to make a reduction of £100 !

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member for Barrier submitted an amendment that the item be reduced by £1, and a prior amendment that it should be reduced by £100 was withdrawn. Had the two amendments stood, I should have ruled that that relating to the larger amount should first be submitted to the Committee; but since the Committee has determined the question of the proposed reduction of the item. by £1, I cannot now permit an amendment for a larger reduction.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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